When your alarm clock goes off in the morning, do you begin a mad dash to accomplish everything you need to before the sun goes down? If so, you're not alone. Almost one-quarter (23 percent) of Americans feel rushed all the time, according to a 2006 Pew Research Center survey.

Another 53 percent of Americans say they’re sometimes rushed, so a full 76 percent of Americans are either constantly, or occasionally, rushing.

What’s wrong with putting a little fire in your engine? On the surface, nothing, except perhaps a few jittery nerves. But as you delve deeper, those nerves can add up to a lifetime of time-pressure induced stress.

And chronic stress, the kind you get if you’re constantly rushing, is the worst kind, according to a study published in the July 2004 issue of the American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin. Chronic stress is so hard on your immune system that it actually causes it to break down, leaving you vulnerable to many diseases.

And did you know that the more you try to do, the less efficient you actually are? It’s true.

Consider a 2006 study conducted for Day-Timers, a maker of organizational products. It found that 60 percent of workers say they always or frequently feel rushed. However, only 51 percent of workers feel extremely or very productive, down from 83 percent in 1994.

Studies have also proven that multi-tasking is actually less efficient because your mind takes time to switch gears in between tasks.

“When you rush and do not take time for yourself you burn out and actually get less done,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates.

“Notice that life never rushes. Life simply unfolds moment to moment. When you rush you are missing what is happening here and now, and life only happens now,” he says.

If you have a hard time slowing down your life so that you can live in the moment (and take some time to relax), The Sedona Method can help.

The Method uses a simple series of questions that guides you to releasing your feelings that there's not enough time, and you can use the process anywhere, anytime you're feeling rushed, for immediate relief. It's like taking a giant breather.

"Give yourself permission to get tasks done at the speed required while inwardly having the attitude that you have all the time in the world," Dwoskin says. "If you feel like rushing, allow yourself to let go of the push instead. You will find yourself getting more done -- with less effort and fewer mistakes -- more quickly than if you rushed."